BIG GAMBLE

While its phenomenal growth has cooled, Las Vegas is still as hot as the desert it's built on.The city attracts some 5,000 new residents a month, and it's not for the slots. The booming casino town still has plentiful jobs and relatively low housing costs. Many of the newcomers are retirees from California, lured by the area's low taxes and leisure activities.Perhaps owing to the city's relative newness,

While its phenomenal growth has cooled, Las Vegas is still as hot as the desert it's built on.

The city attracts some 5,000 new residents a month, and it's not for the slots. The booming casino town still has plentiful jobs and relatively low housing costs. Many of the newcomers are retirees from California, lured by the area's low taxes and leisure activities.

Perhaps owing to the city's relative newness, chain retailers have dominated the market; the top three accounted

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